Chamber Events and Programs
First Wednesday Business Mixers
The Albany Chamber partners with the Solano Avenue Association to offer a mixer the first Wednesday of every month. These popular mixers provide members and prospective members an opportunity to meet business colleagues and network in a casual atmosphere. Visit the events page to see when and where the next mixer is scheduled.
Best of Albany
Introduced in 2017, the Chamber teams with the City of Albany to recognize the outstanding businesses who call Albany their home. Businesses are nominated by the public, and then the public votes on those nominees. The nominees and winners are recognized at a gala event in late September during Albany Local Week. Here is the most recent list of nominees and winners.
Albany Citizen and Youth of the Year
Each Summer the Chamber of Commerce selects an adult citizen and a rising high school senior to be honored as Citizen and Youth of the year for their volunteer contributions to the Albany community. The honorees and their families are our guests at a special dinner in their honor, and appear in the Solano Stroll parade. Youth of the year honorees receive a $1,000 scholarship from a fund created in honor of late Board Member Elizabeth Bell. View the Albany Chamber of Commerce Honor Roll
Ribbon Cutting Program
Opening a new business or expanding an existing business? We’re happy to show up with our giant scissors and offer an official ribbon cutting. We invite the Mayor and City Council members to participate, as well. This is a fun way to bring attention to new and growing businesses.
Fourth of July Ice Cream
This is a small activity, but one of our most popular! For more than 35 years, the Chamber of Commerce has hosted a free ice-cream giveaway at the City’s Fourth of July Celebration. This fun event has been offered in memory of long-time Board Member Swarna Matz, former owner of Bright Star Montessori School.
Mechanics Bank and the Chamber of Commerce annually produce Albany’s Holiday Mixer in early December, on of the most popular business networking events of the year. It also serves as a showcase for our local restaurants’ delicious international arrays of food.